We have also had two of our horses returned from loaners, these are Nasharra and Cocoa's Princess, these have both settled back in well. Since his return Nasharra has had none evasive kissing spine surgery and is now going through his re-habilitation. He is looking well and working nicely in long reins.
One of our biggest fund raisers of the year was our Ball on the last Saturday in February. This year it fell on the 29th so made for an extra special night.
We were joined by 275 supporters including Oli Bell one of our Patrons from ITV Racing.
This was a fantastic night and all the feedback that we have had have said that it was our best yet....so the date for next years New Beginnings Charity Ball is 27th February 2021 please put this in your diary.
Oli Bell kindly drew the winning Grange Park Racing raffle, this was one by Sheena Bailey with the winning ticket numbers 01515. Congratulations to Sheena and we hope that you enjoy your racing experience. Our huge thanks go to Alan Crombie and Grange Park Racing for their continued support.
In late February we took on a new member of staff Holly Harrison. Holly joins us with experience of working with former racehorses after working for five years with Racing NSW in Australia.
Following the changes and progression of the Covid-19 virous we decided in early March that we would should go into self isolation with both Holly and Mark living on the yard. Unfortunately it has meant that Katie who is married with responsibilities both human and equine is having to self isolate at home and can no come into work for the foreseeable future.This was to protect our staff and ultimately the 33 horse in our care. We did not / do not think that we could take any risks as the welfare of our horses is paramount.
This has obviously created a huge problem as our income has stopped, but our out goings have not. We have turned horses out that we would not usually have turned out for another four weeks at the earliest. Mark and Holly are working horse from the ground, but following advice from the BHS no horses are been ridden as the last thing that we need is for any of us to end up in the A&E department for obvious reasons.
Fortunately we had re-homed 4 horses before we had to lock down, so we do have some capacity to take in a few vulnerable horses if necessary, if things develop and people can no longer afford to keep them.
In these very uncertain times we are totally relying on our Friends of New Beginnings, our regular givers, our life blood. We understand that this awful virus is affecting everyone, and everyone in different ways. If you are one of our regular givers, please if you possibly can, keep supporting us, we truly appreciate it, possibly more now than now than ever before.
Our best wishes to you all, we hope that you are all well and keeping safe and we look forward to seeing many of you on a racecourse when all this is over.
Kevin & Pam